New campaign group is Fighting for Hartlepool Hospital

Fighting for Hartlepool Hospital are group administrator Glen Hughes (left) outside of Cafe 177  with fellow group members Gemma Rehead, Kath Mathieson and Angela Hughes.

Fighting for Hartlepool Hospital are group administrator Glen Hughes (left) outside of Cafe 177 with fellow group members Gemma Rehead, Kath Mathieson and Angela Hughes.

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A new campaign group has been formed to fight for a return of services to Hartlepool’s hospital.

The group, called Fighting for Hartlepool Hospital, says it will work with all interested parties to improve usage of the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

It is holding a drop-in meeting to set out its aims and decide the way forward next week.

All of Hartlepool’s 33 councillors have been invited, along with the hospital trust and MP Iain Wright.

Group member Glen Hughes said: “The message we are trying to get across to people is that a three-star hospital, the highest rating for a hospital, has been systematically stripped of services over the years by the trust and with no new hospital, we want them back.

“We have marched, rallied, demanded support from local and national Government and continued to push for the return of our services.

“However, whilst we have joined forces and stood united we have still got a fight ahead of us, and that is a fight we will undertake as a new campaign.”

The open meeting will be held at Cafe 177, York Road, on Wednesday, August 26, between 11am and 2pm.

A number of councillors have said they intend to attend, said Glen.

He said the group will liaise with Iain Wright, councillors and the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust towards improving services in Hartlepool.

Glen added: “We may all have different ideas or notions on what our town needs, but, in reality, working as a team to resolve this issue is how we believe this can be rectified.

“We cannot possibly fight for our hospital alone and as a small group of normal people, we want to seek knowledge from other established campaigners.”

The group is affiliated with national 999 Call for NHS campaign, which has fought to protect the NHS around the country. It has also made a YouTube video outlining its aims.